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Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability

“Among the most important issues today are tackling climate change and transitioning rapidly to a new energy economy that is based on conservation, efficiency, and clean energy.  Our Center joined KySEA to be a part of a network of individuals and groups using their combined resources and voice to effect legislative change in Kentucky. We believe all citizens and the Commonwealth will benefit from a clean energy future that will strengthen the  economy, protect the environment, improve health, and create jobs.”  - Nancy Givens


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Lewis County SolarKentucky has the potential for immediate economic opportunities from investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy production. These investments include both engaging in public and private initiatives and passing policy measures to support the growing regional green energy market.  A study by the Center for American Progress found that Kentucky could see a net increase of about $2.0 billion in investment revenue and 26,000 jobs based on its share of a total of $150 billion in clean-energy investments occurring annually across the country.

Reports and Resources

Synapse Economics and MACED. "Potential Impacts of a Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard in Kentucky" (January 2012): http://maced.org/policy-publications.htm


Appalachian Regional Commission, “Energizing Appalachia: A Regional Blueprint for Economic and Energy Development” (October 2006): www.arc.gov/images/newsandevents/publications/energyblueprint/energyblueprint.pdf


Appalachian Regional Commission, “Summary of National and State Energy Policy Trends” (August 2006): www.arc.gov/index.do?nodeId=3111&print=yes


Center for American Progress, "Economics of Clean Energy in Kentucky" (October 2009): www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/11/us_clean_energy_economy.html


Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, "The Right Decision for Changing Times" (April 2009): www.kftc.org/our-work/stop-smith/read-our-report-on-the-east-kentucky-power-co-op


Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research, “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Appalachia: Policy and Potential” (August 2006): www.arc.gov/images/reports/2006/energy/arc_renewable_energy_full.pdf


New Rules Project. "Rural Power: Community-Scaled Renewable Energy and Rural Economic Development" (September 2008): www.newrules.org/energy/news/report-rural-power-communityscaled-renewable-energy-and-rural-economic-development.

Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies, “Summary of the ARC-ORCAS Energy Workshops on Creating an Energy Blueprint for Appalachia” (August 2006): www.arc.gov/index.do?nodeId=3117


Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies, “An Analysis Of The Economic Impact Of Energy  Efficiency And Renewable Energy In The East Kentucky Power Cooperative Region” (July 2009): kyenvironmentalfoundation.org/OchsEKPCreport.pdf


Pennsylvania State University, “Economic Development Potential of Conventional and Potential Alternative Energy Sources in Appalachian Counties” (June 2006): www.arc.gov/images/reports/2006/energy/arc_altenergy_full.pdf


Pennsylvania State University Dept. of Geography, “Energizing Appalachia: Global Challenges and the Prospect of a Renewable Future” (September 2007): www.arc.gov/index.do?nodeId=3292


Pew Center on the States, "Clean Energy Economy:  Kentucky Fact Sheet" (June 2009): www.pewcenteronthestates.org/report_detail.aspx?id=52872

Singh, Virinder.  “The Work That Goes Into Renewable Energy.”  Renewable Energy Policy Project (2001):  www.repp.org/articles/static/1/binaries/LABOR_FINAL_REV.pdf

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